When is the Assumption of Mary?

The holiday is celebrated annually on August 15th.

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a very important day in the Catholic religion - it is even called the 'Easter of the summer' in some parts of Europe.

Also known as the 'Dormition of the Virgin Mary', it is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ.

In countries such as Spain and Italy, it marks the start of the annual summer holidays, when many escape the heat of the cities to vacation on the coast or in the hills.

History of the Assumption of Mary

This feast commemorates two events - the departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven.

The Church's official doctrine of the Assumption says that at the end of her life on earth Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

Some mistakenly believe Mary "ascended" into heaven, which is incorrect according to the Bible. It was Jesus Christ who ascended into heaven, by his own power. But Mary was assumed or taken up into heaven by God.

Pope Pius Xll, in 1950, defined that Mary "after the completion of her earthly life...was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven." Her body wasn't allowed to corrupt nor was it allowed to remain in a tomb. Though there are claims by some cities about possessing her temporary tomb.

In the early Christian centuries relics of saints and those who gave their lives for the faith were jealously guarded and highly prized. Many cities claim the mortal remains of saints, both famous and little-known. But there are no records of Mary's bodily remains being venerated anywhere.

As this is a religious holiday, the Assumption is most commonly celebrated by devotees by attending mass, where the subject of the sermon is usually the Virgin Mary.



It so happened that in 1987 the President of the Assumption University was presented with a statue of the Virgin and Child for veneration on the campus. Where to place it? It was a happy coincidence that there was a niche at the Gate of Joy which had just been constructed to connect the Walk Way in front of St.Gabriel's Library.

Appropriately the statue was installed there. Any one who passes by the Gate of Joy at Hua Mak campus, will see the statue of the Virgin and Child. The statue depicts the Virgin Mary wearing a crown sitting on a throne while holding Christ Child on her lap.

At the suggestion of Rev. Francesco Andreoni the statue was named "Sedes apientiae” or "The Seat of Wisdom" and thereafter ever since it has been taken as the symbol of Assumption University It is a very appropriate title indeed. The university is like the Virgin Mother seated on the throne of knowledge; students are like Christ Child learning and acquiring intelligence and wisdom from her.

When the Bang Na campus was under construction another statue in the style of “The Seat of Wisdom" was ordered to be sculptured in bronze and gold-plated and to take the pride of place in front of the Cathedral of Learning, overlooking the panoramic scene, facing the rising sun at dawn.

The Virgin Mary wears a crown of pure gold of 2.2 kilos studded with precious stones of different colours. Thus the statue, the Seat of Wisdom, the symbol of the university is majestically set for veneration with the following inscription at the pedestal:

Back To Top